Opinion

New N.Y. diploma would encourage career and tech studies

The NY Board of Regents will discuss a new pathway to a diploma that will allow high school students to swap state course requirements for a test in technical education, the arts or humanities. The tests would ensure that coursework meets industry standards, and the resulting diploma will be better for the kids, the trades and better the economy.

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Will education technology be the next Mass. growth sector?

The education technology industry has been growing in Massachusetts, fueled by university faculty, students and K12 educators hoping to improve learning and be more efficient. Just as the life sciences boom was fueled by universities and early adopting hospital and medical provider systems, ed tech will need support from early adopter educators.

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Microsoft to students: Your data is safe with us

A number of top tech firms made a pledge to keep student data secure. Firms like Microsoft, Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, and others have signed the Student Privacy Pledge, which commits to the secure handling of data from K12 students. School service providers will not be able to sell student information or change privacy policies without notice.

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Students learn new reality of manufacturing

The Heavy Metal Tour is quickly becoming a tradition, as thousands of eighth-graders from more than 30 central Wisconsin high schools get a chance to tour various local manufacturing facilities to see for themselves the cool, high-tech work that manufacturing has become.

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Enforce ‘no phone zone’

Police are about to crack down on cellphone use in school zones and rightfully so. The new Louisiana law prohibiting cellphone use while driving in school zones during posted hours went into effect in August. It is unlikely that lawmakers will go so far as to require technology disabling devices while driving, so we must practice self-discipline.

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Inspire students for future in manufacturing technology

Educators and industry leaders must collaborate to introduce young people to modern manufacturing and the STEM subjects that will prepare them to succeed. Real-world experiences with business and industry are an important part of making this connection.

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Fostering an early love of STEM through the power of storytelling

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

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Pathway through New York's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

Technology in education is facing several key challenges. One point of consensus seems to be that there are going to be a lot of technology-based jobs in the future, and not enough people to fill them. And the education system needs to do a better job of stepping up to help groom more future technology workers.

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Amidst ed tech horror stories, some blended-learning schools shine

Stories of mismanaged 1-to-1 computing initiatives in schools are filling the news — and unsurprisingly so in many cases. But there are plenty of good “edtech” stories worth highlighting. In almost every case, the schools that are getting it right are focused on the problem they are trying to solve and designing an instructional model first.

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